Boys and Girls spent many nights with their eyes peering into an odd shaped device. Clicking down a lever would rotate a disc that was inserted into this strange object. What was this object? And what was inside that kept the children’s interest for so long?
The View-Master was first introduced at the 1939 World’s Fair. It was a viewing device that held a cardboard disk containing seven different 3D pictures. For the first 20 years the pictures featured products and at-home how-to projects. In the mid 50's most of the reels were about tourist locations. The Grand Canyon was a big selling reel at the time. With the 3D technology, you felt like you were there.
By the end 1966 more and more reels were being produced for kids. Popular TV shows, toys, films, and a new amusement park called Disneyland made up most of the reels. To showcase the 3D technology, the View-Master company wanted something more than just a drawing for the kids to look at. This is when they entered the wonderful world of miniatures!
Detailed sets, characters, buildings, vehicles, anything and everything was handcrafted to make the slides come to life! The miniatures had so much detail and flair that they would sometimes look better then the cartoon version.
Let’s take a look at some of the amazing work that was done for the View-Master slides from 1966 to 1982.
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Do you remember any of these??? did you have a favorite View Master Disk?? tell us about it!!!